Government defers decision on new administrative units

Ministerial panel gets 4th extension

Cabinet Decisions

MUDDASIR ALI

Srinagar, Oct 23: The Cabinet sub-committee tasked to recommend creation of new administrative units in J&K was on Wednesday granted another extension by the State Cabinet.
The Cabinet, which met here under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah ahead of Durbar Move, approved one-month extension to the sub-committee.
A senior Cabinet Minister said that Law Minister Mir Saifullah, who is a member of the sub-committee, took up the issue for granting the extension. Saifullah assured the Cabinet that the panel, whose term was set to end on October 25, would complete its job in one month. The Cabinet agreed.
The sub-committee was set up in July this year and asked to come up with its recommendations in one month on implementing the Mushtaq Ganai Committee report and to take on board any genuine fresh demands on creation of new administrative units.
Besides recommending rationalization/re-organization of various existing administrative units, the five-member Ganai Committee in its report submitted to the Government in 2011 has recommended creation of 23 Sub-Divisions, 57 Tehsils, 63 CD blocks, 79 Niabats and 733 Patwar Halqas.
The Ganai Committee was constituted in 2010 after the report of another committee, headed by former Chief Secretary SS Bloreia, was termed as inconclusive by the government in 2009. Sources said apart from general public, the sub-committee has received fresh recommendations from several MLAs and even some ministers seeking grant of new administrative units in their constituencies.
“We have received a total of 200 applications, some of which could be considered,” said a member of the committee.
He said the committee would only recommend rolling out of the Ganai report and it has no brief to suggest modifications to it. However it would take a call on whether the fresh suggestions received by it are genuine and how should they be implemented.
“We will be submitting our report by the end of the next month,” the member said.

Lastupdate on : Wed, 23 Oct 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
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